Whilst pundits and ex-players alike have been lining up to slaughter the Newcastle players because of a lack of effort, John Carver sees things differently.

Alan Shearer was only one of many who questioned the players’ pride in the shirt after making it seven defeats in a row against Swansea.

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Yet the Newcastle Head Coach bizarrely believes all of his players are giving it everything:

“The one thing that I will say about the group of people (Newcastle players)  in there,  is that they are giving everything.

“I think they did give everything (v Swansea).”

Can’t give any more:

“I do not think that they can give any more.

“Sometimes it isn’t good enough  and we all know that, but at least they are having a go, they never give in – kept going until the end.”

John Carver’s words are seemingly at odds with what he had to say after the lame defeat at Sunderland earlier in the month.

Back then, Pardew’s former assistant named five players who he said were the only ones who could hold their heads up high after the shame of the mackems totally outclassing his team.

If indeed the United players are giving it everything then in some ways that is even more worrying than the perception that their hearts just aren’t in it.

If they have nothing more to show than what we are seeing now then what hope have we got?

I think sadly it is a mixture of both factors, most of the players aren’t good enough AND many of them could be giving more at this moment in time than they are doing,

Seven defeats in a row and only three wins in the last twenty one matches is not a dip in form, or players out of form, it is simply heading for disaster.

The only question to be answered is whether that disaster will happen this season or we’ll have to wait a little longer for the inevitable.

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